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KM inaugurates Pul-e-Sorkh Road

By Akhtar M. Nikzad-KABUL: The Kabul Municipality (KM) on Monday inaugurated a road after reconstruction in the west part of the city.

The road has been reconstructed with the 3.35km length and 15.5 meters width with concreted pavement and electricity service in the Pul-e-Sorkh neighborhood at the third police jurisdiction (PD).

The road was built at a total cost of $4.49 million financed by the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), a World Bank branch.

Acting Kabul Mayor Mohammad Aslam Afzali told newsmen that the municipality had constructed and rehabilitated 100km road in different parts of the city.

He appreciated the World Bank for assisting more than 90 million dollars for the Kabul road construction projects.

“We plan to asphalt around 100km roads with the financial support of the Trust Fund in Khair Khana, Parwan-e-Do and Parwan-e Seh, Sara-e Shamali, Sarsabzi Square and Lab-e Jar areas,” said the Kabul caretaker mayor.

He said that the World Bank would pay $18million for the construction of a sewage canal planned to be built next year in Wazirabad neighborhood.

First Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Mohammad Khan, criticized the Kabul municipality for not being serious in protecting the roads.

“Most of the car-washers work on the newly asphalted roads,” Khan said, asking the municipality to seriously maintain the roads.

Kabul, as the largest city of the country has accommodated about six million people. But most of the buildings in the city are out of the urban master-plans.

The former government approved a 15-year master-plan to survey the unplanned areas of the city to extend the cycle of a standard capital city.

Afzali told Afghanistan Times that the Kabul municipality was working to survey the first, sixth and 13th and 17th PDs. “The survey and practical works of the master plan would continue up to 2025.”

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